Is there something about the office of the presidency that prevents the president from recognizing the Armenian Genocide? Given the House and Senate’s recent resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide, Donald Trump was in a pretty solid position to follow suit. And he didn’t do it:
Trump says Armenia massacres were not genocide, directly contradicting Congress https://t.co/8n8xOt5DUX
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 17, 2019
In a statement on the April anniversary of the killings, Mr Trump said the US paid tribute to the victims of “one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century”, but he did not use the word genocide.
Instead he encouraged Armenians and Turks to “acknowledge and reckon with their painful history.”
Trump’s made it pretty clear that he holds Turkish President Erdogan in high regard — which is unfortunate given the fact that Erdoğan is an authoritarian thug — but as Leader of the Free World, isn’t it still his responsibility to recognize and condemn genocide? It shouldn’t be this difficult. It really shouldn’t be.
Oh come on
— Niklas Willma (@niklaswillma_eu) December 17, 2019
It was. https://t.co/AGFumrt9nw
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) December 17, 2019
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) December 17, 2019
Conservatives like myself who criticized Ilhan Omar for voting present on the House resolution better be livid at Trump’s morally and factually abhorrent comments here. The article’s actually far worse than the tweet. https://t.co/optNkj89AE
— Tiana Lowe (@TianaTheFirst) December 17, 2019
Wrong, both factually and morally https://t.co/5f5EfWYsF6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 17, 2019